Sir Kevan Collins joins LbQ leadership

Blackburn-based educational technology specialist Learning by Questions has appointed the experienced Sir Kevan Collins as executive vice chairman.

LbQ, which is funded and owned by the Bowland Charitable Trust, is led by Tony Cann who founded Promethean.

It is a cloud-based educational classroom tool and app that promises to save teachers time and increase their efficiency by highlighting which pupils need their help and which concepts need teaching during lessons. 

Pupils progress at their own pace and receive immediate automatic feedback as they answer, while teachers receive real-time analysis. Results are saved to support assessment and planning.

LbQ covers KS2 and KS3 maths mastery, English and Science and has almost 1,500 Question Sets with 50,000 questions.

Sir Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first Education Endowment Foundation chief executive in October 2011, having previously been chief executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as national director, and then serving as director of children’s services at Tower Hamlets.

When technology is well aligned to support and complement great teaching it has the potential to transform learning.

Sir Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005 and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education and has been identified as the Secretary of State's Opportunity Areas 'Evidence Champion'.

He said: "I am convinced that when technology is well aligned to support and complement great teaching it has the potential to transform learning.

"The evidence about the impact of effective feedback is clear. Learning by Questions (LbQ) harnesses the power of technology to direct teacher attention to meet the personalised and immediate needs of individual learners. I am excited about the future of LbQ and its potential to make a huge difference to the lives of children and their teachers."

Learning by Questions recently won the Innovator of the Year award at the BETT show and an Education Resources award.